October 26th, 2005, 09:40 PM
Council gives remote workers security tokens
Mobile workers at North Somerset Council have been given physical authentication devices as part of an initiative to secure remote working.
Some 450 council employees have been issued with SecurID tokens from RSA Security to access sensitive information from outside the office securely.
Social workers, occupational therapists and district nurses are using the tokens to gain network access from their laptops to centrally stored data, to assess care packages and benefits eligibility for children and elderly people.
The project has also laid the foundations for a larger home and flexible working programme planned for next year, which the council hopes will lead to efficiency savings, says Andy Moll, egovernment strategy manager at North Somerset Council.
‘We needed to be sure the data was safe,’ he said. ‘It speaks for itself that we could not afford to compromise the integrity of the system. Nevertheless, it was important that any security implementation was user friendly.’
Using the RSA Security technology, employees can log in to council systems from any internet connection point. Back-end RSA ACE/Server software verifies remote workers’ usernames, passwords and a unique one-time passcode, ensuring that unauthorised people cannot access sensitive information.
‘Local authorities are really beginning to recognise the potential benefits of mobile working as a way of getting the best out of their frontline staff,’ said Moll.
‘SecurID technology has enabled us to embrace mobile working without sacrificing the integrity of what is often very sensitive information on our network.’
By using passcode-generating technology the council also hopes to cut the time IT administrators spend resetting passwords.
Council gives remote workers security tokens - vnunet.com
October 26th, 2005, 09:58 PM
Hi EG~ the MoD were using those years ago..................greater need for remote/offsite access
They are not very robust and tend to break where you attach them to your key ring?............should use dural or titanium IMHO
October 26th, 2005, 10:03 PM
Where I'm working they use these devices, and have hit a snag .........
the authentication # changes every 30 seconds or so, and there are quite a few of the medical staf who cannot type the # in fast enough, so it changes whilst they are trying toi enter the first go ..........
55 - I'm fiftyfeckinfive and STILL no wiser,
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October 26th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Slightly off topic but it may help you?
The device contains a cheap (Chinese ) quartz crystal timekeeping mechanism...........this is battery powered, and will start to fail as the battery wears down............this is particularly prevalent in winter, when temperatures drop, and batteries lose their "ooooomph"
Also, that clock is fixed, but the "mothership" is probably being recalibrated against an atomic clock every hour?.............they gradually get out of synch?
October 26th, 2005, 10:14 PM
October 26th, 2005, 10:18 PM
I carry one and it's closer to 60 / 90 seconds, but that might be configerable on the RSA Server.
Originally posted here by Egaladeist
30 seconds? Takes me longer than that to remember my own phone number
October 26th, 2005, 10:29 PM
Hi DjM ours were 60 seconds, which I believe is the default? If Foxy~ is having timeout problems I think that the devices need replacing (arrrrrrrrrrrrgh £££$$$). Unfortunately they only last about a year to 18 months in our climate.
EG~ I saw one of my clock collection the other day and I thought of you.......................you stick electrodes into a couple of potatoes or bananas to provide the power............yes, I am THAT sad, but it amuses youngsters and is educational? (and the bananas always talk)
October 26th, 2005, 10:36 PM
October 27th, 2005, 12:17 AM
Hmmm ... yeah education.
Hey, kids, here we have Eg, a negative ion generator. Watch as we stick these probes into him and watch him dim ...